After two tough losses in PBA50 Tour majors earlier in the season, PBA Hall of Famer Norm Duke
of Clermont, Fla., was starting to question his ability to close the deal.
He regained his confidence Tuesday by defeating five-time PBA Tour winner and stepladder finals top qualifier Ryan Shafer of Horseheads, N.Y., 236-222, in the title match to win the PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship presented by Track at Dave Small’s Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Indiana, for his first win of the season.
Featured photo from left: Security Federal Savings Bank Marketing specialist Lindsey Fagner, Annette Russell, Pres. & CEO, Vickey Pearl, Commercial VP, winner Norm Duke, host proprietor Dave Small, Security Bank Branch Manager Sarah Pitzer.
“I’m just elated to get the monkey off my back,” said the 54-year-old Duke (right), who finished second in the PBA50 National Championship and USBC Senior Masters. “In my opinion a second-place finish is one of the worst places you can finish.”
In the title match, Duke got off to a strong start with four strikes in a row and took advantage of an open frame by Shafer (left) in the third frame when he left the 4-6-7-10 split. Shafer, whose second-place finish was his career best PBA50 Tour finish, was able to make a run by throwing five consecutive strikes to close the match but Duke through a nine-count on his first ball in the 10th frame to seal the win.
“The main thing for me was to manage the pocket hits,” said Duke, who qualified second for the finals. “You had to work to put a string of strikes together because light hits weren’t getting it done.
“When you did get on a string you’re adjusting on every shot,” he added. “It’s not like you get lined up and you can stay in one place for a while.”
Duke, who won his fifth career PBA50 Tour title, last won on the tour for players 50 and over in the 2017 Race City Open in Mooresville, N.C.
“I’ve had a lot of second-place finishes,” said Duke, a 38-time winner on the PBA Tour. “I knew I would win again but I just didn’t know when. I needed this and I’m glad I won it the way I did.”
In the semifinal match, Duke beat No. 3 qualifier Brian Kretzer (right) of Dayton, Ohio, 244-226, to advance to the title match. Kretzer’ third-place finish was his third top-five of the season.
In the opening match, No. 4 qualifier Dale Csuhta (left) of Wadsworth, Ohio, making his fifth career stepladder finals appearance and trying for his first PBA50 Tour win, defeated No. 5 qualifier two-time PBA50 Tour winner Jack Jurek (below right) of Lackawana, N.Y., 236-207.
In the second match Kretzer beat Csuhta, 216-201, to advance to the semifinal match against Duke.
The next stop for the PBA50 Tour will be the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic presented by Roto Grip Aug. 4-7 in Anderson, Ind. Fans can catch all the action on PBA’s online bowling channel PBA Xtra Frame on FloBowling. For subscription and schedule information click here.
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2018 PBA50 Tour Schedule & Champions
PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship – Stepladder Finals
Dave Small’s Heritage Lanes in Kokomo, Ind., United States (July 28-31, 2018)
1, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., $7,500
2, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., $4,000
3, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, $2,500
4, Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, $2,000
5, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., $1,750
First Match: No. 4 Csuhta def. No. 5 Jurek, 236-207
Second Match: No. 3 Kretzer def. Csuhta, 216-201
Semifinal Match: No. 2 Duke def. Kretzer, 244-226
Championship Match: Duke def. No. 1 Shafer, 236-222
PBA50 Security Federal Savings Bank Championship – Modified Match Play Round 2
Players with position, hometown and 6-game total, including match play bonus pins. Top five advance to stepladder finals. ss-PBA60 player ages 60 and older.
1, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 5-1, 1,592
2, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-1-1, 1,528
3, Brian Kretzer, Dayton, Ohio, 4-2, 1,485
4, ss-Dale Csuhta, Wadsworth, Ohio, 4-2, 1,430
5, Jack Jurek, Lackawanna, N.Y., 4-2, 1,420
6, ss-Sammy Ventura, Syracuse, N.Y., 3-3, 1,381, $1,500
7, Bryan Goebel, Shawnee, Kan., 3-3, 1,376, $1,500
8, Doug Kent, Newark, N.Y., 3-3, 1,372, $1,500
9, ss-Ron Mohr, Las Vegas, 2-4, 1,366, $1,250
10, Tony Johnson, Canton, Ohio, 2-3-1, 1,345, $1,250
11, ss-Harry Sullins, Chesterfield Twp., Mich., 3-1-2, 1,344, $1,250
12, Greg Thomas, Irmo, S.C., 3-3, 1,327, $1,250
13, Michael Haugen Jr., Phoenix, 2-4, 1,324, $1,250
14, Stoney Baker, Canton, Ga., 2-4, 1,304, $1,250
15, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 2-4, 1,295, $1,250
16, ss-Lee Brosius, Ashburn, Va., 0-6, 1,123, $1,250
Modified Match Play Round 1 (after five games, including match play bonus pins)
17, ss-Mike Dias, Lafayette, Colo., 2-3, 1,130, $1,100
18, Ernie Segura Jr., Taylor, Mich., 3-2, 1,126, $1,100
19, ss-Bruce Hall, Westborough, Mass., 2-3, 1,079, $1,100
20, Neil Kassel, Beavercreek, Ohio, 2-3, 1,075, $1,100
21, ss-Tom Baker, King, N.C., 3-2, 1,060, $1,100
22, Rick Zakrajsek, Lorain, Ohio, 1-4, 1,054, $1,100
23, Ed Carter, Austintown, Ohio, 2-3, 1,051, $1,100
24, Eddie Graham, Kettering, Ohio, 1-4, 1,022, $1,100
Other Cashers (after five-game cashers’ round)
25, John Marsala, St. Louis, Mo., 981, $1,000
26, ss-Warren Nelson, Hemet, Calif., 966, $1,000
27, ss-Christopher Keane, Cape Coral, Fla., 963, $1,000
28, ss-Tom Carter, Columbus, Ohio, 960, $1,000
29, ss-Darryl Bower, Middletown, Pa., 959, $1,000
30, ss-Johnny Petraglia, Jackson, N.J., 947, $1,000
31, ss-Edward Silva, Manteca, Calif., 942, $1,000
32, Dave Han, Birmingham, Ala., 927, $1,000
33, Gary Alstott, Washington, Ill., 919., $1,000